Police raided properties in Sutcliffe Street, Kensington and Rutland Avenue, near Sefton Park, as part of the anti-terrorism investigation into the explosion of a taxi at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
Rutland Avenue remains the “main” focus of the investigation, with the Royal Logistics Corps’ bomb clearance unit returning to the streets on Friday.
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According to Mirror Online, last night a senior source said: “The decision to send the SAS was taken very quickly due to their high level of training.
“The police counterterrorism teams are extremely good, but the special forces are so well trained that when the doors come in they don’t budge.
“They are able to make split second decisions without hesitation and it saves lives in what could have turned into a high intensity and very risky situation. “
North West Counterterrorism Police have confirmed that the man suspected of constructing the improvised explosive device he carried in a taxi on Sunday has been officially identified as 32-year-old Emad Al Swealmeen.
Al Swealmeen is connected to both the Rutland Avenue and Sutcliffe Street addresses, having lived on Sutcliffe Street for “some time” and “recently rented” the Rutland Avenue property.
In an update today, Counter Terror Police North West released more details about the device it used in the attack.
Deputy Chief Constable Russ Jackson said, “While there is a lot of scientific work to be done on the device to determine what it’s made of, we’ve learned a lot over the past five days.
“It was made using homemade explosives and had ball bearings that would have acted like shrapnel.
“If it had exploded under different circumstances, we believe it would have caused serious injury or death.
“We still don’t know how or why the device exploded when it did, but we don’t rule out that it was completely unintentional, and it is possible that the movement of the vehicle or its stopping caused the ignition. “